How Do You Determine Fault in a T-Bone Accident?

December 22, 2021

Since most T-bone accidents involve two drivers, either of them may be at fault, and the liability often lies on the driver that failed to yield the right of way and ran into the other vehicle. Some cases may not be that simple, which is why it's advisable to contact a San Diego car accident attorney if you're involved in a T-bone accident.

An experienced car accident lawyer will offer the support you need during the legal process and may also help you get your rightful compensation. Here is what you need to know about T-bone accidents and determining who is at fault.

Causes of a T-bone Accident

T-bone accidents can occur under a number of circumstances. Below are some of the causes of a T-bone accident:

  • Failing to yield at a four-way stop or running a red light or stop sign
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Failing to pay attention or being distracted by the passengers or phone.
  • Speeding on icy roads
  • Aggressive driving

How to Determine Who Is At Fault

T-bone collisions commonly occur when a driver tries to make a turn or pulls onto the way of an oncoming vehicle. If a distracted driver strikes your car, the liability lies on them. However, sometimes you may also be partially at fault.

At Laureti & Associates, we will evaluate the evidence and offer legal representation if you want to file a personal injury claim. The at-fault party's insurance company may try to undermine your rights by asserting that you were also at fault for the accident. An experienced car accident can begin building your case and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf.

What to Do in Case of a T-bone Accident

The events after a T-bone collision can be traumatic. However, you need to remain calm and do as follows:

  • Stop the vehicle at the accident scene.
  • Check for injuries and immediately seek medical attention if you, your loved one, or the other motorist is injured.
  • Collect information from the other motorists or the eyewitnesses at the scene.
  • Take photos or videos to be used as evidence.
  • Contact your lawyer, who will then gather more evidence and evaluate the extent of the damages.

What Can You Recover from a T-bone Accident?

After a T-bone accident, the insurance company may try to pay a substantially lower amount than what you deserve. They know that you don't have the experience to evaluate and determine whether their offer is enough for you. However, with the help of a car accident attorney, you can recover damages for pain and suffering, ongoing and immediate medical costs, and lost wages.

Need Help Handling a T-bone Accident Case in California? Get in Touch

At Laureti & Associates, we have a team of car accident attorneys ready to assist you in getting through your case after a T-bone accident. Give us a call at 619-389-2794 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation with our lead attorney, Anthony Laureti.

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